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Old 01-10-2012, 16:44   #1
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Hey all, new guy learning to sail. I have a friend that sails and have been stealing knowledge from him. Other than that, I just take the boat out myself a couple of times a week and mess around for a few hours.

Every time I think I am close to figuring it out, I get get quickly corrected by the boat or weather!

I've been lurking for a while so I thought I would register.

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Welcome and enjoy. Lots of knowledge to gain just reading in these threads but no doubt steal all the knowledge you can from your friend. I found this dream thanks to a guy with an old boat to fix.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, ost.
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Welcome! What part of the world are you learning ti sail in?
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Chesapeake Bay, Va.
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Right close to the yacht capital of the world!

I took lessons all last summer at an outreach from the local college, bought a boat and had a mooring put in here in Muscongus Bay, ME. Just bought a bigger boat that we're sailing home Thursday/Friday.

The lessons and spending a summer sailing a 22' boat were a great way for me to start. Maybe you should look for some quality lessons, too. Well worth the cost.
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Right close to the yacht capital of the world!

I took lessons all last summer at an outreach from the local college, bought a boat and had a mooring put in here in Muscongus Bay, ME. Just bought a bigger boat that we're sailing home Thursday/Friday.

The lessons and spending a summer sailing a 22' boat were a great way for me to start. Maybe you should look for some quality lessons, too. Well worth the cost.
I am hoping to get some lessons next sailing season. I will be in CT at that time though. From the Chesapeake to Long Island Sound! I picked a good time to learn.
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Lots of sailors in CT. You'll have a great time!
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Welcome! These folks really know their stuff!
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Hey all, new guy learning to sail. I have a friend that sails and have been stealing knowledge from him. Other than that, I just take the boat out myself a couple of times a week and mess around for a few hours.

Every time I think I am close to figuring it out, I get get quickly corrected by the boat or weather!

I've been lurking for a while so I thought I would register.

Thanks in advance.
Doing it yourself; much the best way to learn and mistakes are the best teachers in my opinion. I've been sailing for 78 years and made every mistake there ever was; but I'm still here and still love it. By the way, if you ever chance to get hold of a copy of McMullen's "Down Channel" do grab it. Although it was written in the 1860's, McMullen's adventures and mis-adventures as he learned to master the mysteries of small boats and the sea have been and still are an inspiration for neophyte sailors around the globe. (McMullen might have argued about that last remark as he firmly believed the world was flat!)
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Doing it yourself; much the best way to learn and mistakes are the best teachers in my opinion. I've been sailing for 78 years and made every mistake there ever was; but I'm still here and still love it. By the way, if you ever chance to get hold of a copy of McMullen's "Down Channel" do grab it. Although it was written in the 1860's, McMullen's adventures and mis-adventures as he learned to master the mysteries of small boats and the sea have been and still are an inspiration for neophyte sailors around the globe. (McMullen might have argued about that last remark as he firmly believed the world was flat!)
I've been reading sailing books. I like to read something then go try it. I think there are too many variables to try to learn EVERYTHING yourself through basic trial and error. Lessons or reading, eventually you have to go get the boat wet and try it out.
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Lessons from a reputable place are a great idea to lesson the learning curve.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here.
Any sailing questions can be answered here on the forum if you want to ask. Like, why did the boat do that when I did this?
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